by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Plateau State COVID-19 medical research team, which was established by Governor Simon Bako Lalong to find a cure for the corona virus pandemic, has briefed the governor on the progress of its assignment.
While presenting an interim report to the governor at the Government House Rayfield Jos, the team’s lead researcher, Prof. Noel Wannang, said the team had concluded the first-phase of the work, which is the pre-clinical stage, with tremendous success.
He said the next stage is the clinical stage where the samples will be tested on human beings for further processing, and explained that already, the research papers for the remedies have been published in national and international medical journals.
According to him, the team has patented the products under the name ‘COPLA I, II & III’ and has equally submitted them to regulatory agencies for further scrutiny and evaluation.
Prof Wannang said, in the cause of its work, the team followed all global standards and protocols for the research, which he believes is going well and, if followed to conclusion, will not only generate value to the state, but also create economic opportunities.
Responding, the Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, commended the team for the level of achievements so far being made, and promised to also reach out to relevant government and private sector organisations for further funding of the research.
He reiterated that the State Government continues to pay attention to research and innovation as there are many citizens with gifts and talents that could provide solutions to humanity in various ways.